Analysis Of Chris Mccandless 'The Outsider' By Jon Krakauer

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The Outsider other known as the Stranger by Albert Campus, a novel about a young man named Meursaults endeavours of his life seen on the outside view of the societal norms through the narration of Meursault. Into the wild by Jon Krakauer, a novel about Chris McCandless “Alex” and his sad end to a life that would have had amazing things happen, through the process of interviewing people that have met him up to his death. Through the process of the novels both established similar characteristics displayed by the main characters/ protagonists Alex and Meursault. The similarities shown in both novels are the characters defiance of the societal norms, going against the authority and rules and being the reason they ultimately die. In …show more content…

Chris was a young man, 24 years in age whom had left home after graduating and set to explore the world by any means necessary. Chris then took on the identity of Alex to hide from his past life as a university graduate and an upper class citizen. In the novel Alex defies the norms of society by taking such a dangerous and unprepared journey. Alex goes against his parents and goes into the wild of America despite the efforts of characters like Jim Gallien. “Livin’ in the bush ain’t no picnic” (Krakauer 5). This quote was said by Jim Gallien one of the many people that met Alex along his adventure warning him that is was not going to be easy and was suggesting it would be dangerous but despite his best efforts Alex went against the social norms and continued his journey. Another instance when Alex defied the societal norms is when he had given away his money to charity instead of keeping it for himself for his adventure that would …show more content…

Alex other known by his family as Chris set out for his journey completely unprepared for the path of his journey he was set for. Alex along his journey encountered many people like Charlie, Franz and Wayne. These people spent time getting to know Alex and when it was time for him to leave they would offer supplies. Alex wanting to live just off the land declined all gifts and supplies offered by these people. Alex along his journey met Jim Gallien who tried to persuade Alex to abort the mission “…the rivers are big and fast. The mosquitoes eat you alive” (Krakauer 4&5). The final thing that Alex did that lead to his unfortunate death was that he left his family. Alex although leaving his family was what he wanted, under their protection he would have never starved to

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